© 2015 - Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM)
474 Centre Street - Newton, MA 02458
Office: (617) 244-3650

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Last Update: August 2015

Our Mission:
To mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just and peaceful society and for spiritual growth and interfaith understanding.
Current eNews Letter from Program & Development Coordinator, Alicen Roberts and Values Over Violence Intern, Gianna Evangelista on August 21st, 2015:

Friends of CMM,

This has been a traumatic week in the city of Boston. At CMM, our hearts extend to all the family and friends of those injured and killed in recent shootings.

Our minds are also pensive, as we process the all-too-familiar violence in our city, our home. In Tuesday's Boston Globe, we read in big, bold letters: "Boston clergy, officials, police strategize again on anti-violence." Yesterday's Metro section reads, "Boston police relaunch gun buyback program." While appreciation is due to city and community leaders for their response in word and deed, the implication of "reoccurring violence" inherent in these headlines leads many to question: how can we as a community better address the root issues of violence, so as to prevent persistence year to year?  

The Rev. Mark V. Scott, a Values over Violence trainer (, pinpointed one such root cause in Tuesday's article when he stated, "The issue we have is that there are a group of young people who feel disconnected." Emphasizing that many young people may not feel that "the wealth of resources" in our city are accessible to them.

Many would agree that violence-prevention begins in families and schools. However, we must also acknowledge that many school systems and low-income families (some with both parents working 1-3 jobs) are deeply affected by an unjust economic system in our country, slowly recovering from centuries of structural racism and inequality. Whether a person's upbringing molds them into who they will become, or they find a way to forge their our path, the uphill battles that many face daily must be acknowledged.

It is important to memorialize the lost and not forget that racism and violence is a recurring issue. Therefore, we write this article in honor of those who lost their lives this past week in Boston.

20 year old, Angel Oller
28 year old, Andrew Reed
21 year old, Darwin Adilas
31 year old, Rasaun Nichols
20 year old, Jean Louis

We mourn the loss of these young adults, who could have had a long life ahead of them, but were killed in unexplainable hate crimes. We grieve, also knowing these men are only a handful of many that have died this past year.

One way that CMM and community partners are addressing this issue is through our Values Over Violence program. Coming up in mid-September, the Values Over Violence program will be hosting "A Weekend of Peace, Forgiveness and Reconciliation," culminating to the International Day of Peace on the Boston Common at 2pm on Sunday, the 20th.

(See the posters below and find more details on our Events Page)

In peace,
Gianna and Alicen
Register for our FREE Thomas Merton course beginning at the end of September here (WITH DONATIONS WELCOME):
IFYI 2015 Documentary Promo

Stay tuned! Full feature to come in Fall 2015
Come see CMM Executive Director, Rodney Petersen speak at the "2015 Conference on Ending Mass Incarceration and The School-to-Prison Pipeline" running September 10th through 12th at the Congregation Lion of Judah Church, 68 Northampton St Boston, MA 02118. He will be on "The Church Cannot Remain Silent" panel 3:10-5:30pm on Friday September 11th and co-leading a strategic workshop on "Restorative Justice: RSVP: Violence Learned and Unlearned: with a showing of Fatal Peril" at 1:05-2:25pm in Room 301 on Saturday, September 12th.